Queensland player ratings for Origin III
Queensland player ratings for the third State of Origin game against NSW at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
Greg Inglis: Filled Billy Slater’s boots magnificently. Made 99 metres with ball in first half to put Qld on front foot. Unlucky not to score crucial second-half try Rating: 8.
Darius Boyd: Grabbed his third try of the series, confirming his reputation as a classy finisher. Couldn’t be blamed for Josh Morris’ amazing late try. Rating: 7.
Dane Nielsen: Did the job he was selected to do with a strong defensive display in the centres. Rating 7.
Justin Hodges: Great game defensively and scored a crucial try late in the first half that kicked NSW mentally. Rating:7.5
Brent Tate: Had his angry pills and did as much fighting as running but didn’t neglect his role. Strong and completed a great comeback series. Rating: 7.
Johnathan Thurston: Magnificent first half featuring 80-metre try after handling three times. Running game was superb again. Rating: 8.
Cooper Cronk: Very productive 80 minutes feeding Thurston and Inglis and constantly probing in the ruck for holes. Kicked the series-winning field goal from 40m in the 75th min. Rating: 7.5
Matt Scott: Battled his emotions, playing a week after attending his mother Dianne’s funeral. Played his heart out, made the tough metres up the middle. Rating 7.
Cameron Smith: Made 40 tackles and directed his troops superbly as he has all series. Rating: 7.
Petero Civoniceva: The big prop received his fairytale farewell as Darren Lockyer did in the same game 12 months ago. His second-half spell was inspiring. Rating 7.5
Nate Myles: Superb in every aspect defensively and taking the dirty hit-ups and getting belted. Capped off an outstanding series with an inspirational effort. Rating: 8.5.
Sam Thaiday: Made a big difference on the right edge and played with his usual passion and vigour. Rating 7.
Corey Parker: Magnificent defensive effort but it was also his offloads that caught the eye, including one that led to Boyd’s try. Rating: 7.
Matt Gillett: Ran on late and, with appearances in all three games, will be better for the experience next year. Rating 6.
Ben Te’o: Handled his debut well when given his opportunity. Rating: 6.5.
Ben Hannant: Great contribution as usual from the bench with 65 metres and 23 tackles. 7
Dave Shillington: Wonderful effort with 126 metres and 18 tackles starting off the interchange bench. Rating: 7.© AAP 2013
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